Jon Rahm claims Hero World Challenge by four shots

U.S. golfer Tiger Woods hits from the fourth tee during the last round of the Hero World Challenge at Albany Golf Club in Nassau Bahamas Sunday Dec. 2 2018

U.S. golfer Tiger Woods hits from the fourth tee during the last round of the Hero World Challenge at Albany Golf Club in Nassau Bahamas Sunday Dec. 2 2018

The last threat to his title melted away on the 14th hole, when he birdied while Finau carded a double bogey, opening up a five-shot lead for the eventual victor.

Even with his individual trophies, no moment for Rahm will top facing Woods in the Sunday singles at the Ryder Cup and beating him on the 17th hole, putting the first point on the board for Europe that day.

Of the six titles, three are on PGA Tour, two on European and now the unofficial PGA Tour win at Hero World Challenge.

Tiger Woods appeared to be headed for an ugly finish to an ugly week on Sunday at the Hero World Challenge, where he went out in 40 to fall all the way to two over for the tournament. Stenson couldn't get his game going, missed a lot of putts, while Finau had a fatal double bogey on Par-4 14th, where Rahm had a bogey and that three-shot swing saw the lead become five and the battle was more or less over.

"I played nicely birding four of the par-fives, and on this golf course, we have five of them", said Finau who is making his debut in the $3 million event hosted by Tiger Woods on the Albany Club course.

Tiger Woods took three shots from just off the green at the par-5 third hole - chipping is tough on everyone at Albany - for a double bogey and a ragged start that never got much better until a few late birdies salvaged a 72. "But I don't think he believed me".

He added, "Also, the Sunday of the PGA my grandpa had just passed as soon as I finished". You can't say that this is a small tournament given the field.

Henrik Stenson who returned from his elbow troubles, ranked fourth, while the defending champion, Rickie Fowler, shared fifth with Patrick Cantlay, from whom Rahm took over as World No. 1 amateur.

He was four-over through front nine, before holing four birdies in five holes from 11th to 16th but again dropped a shot at 17th.

Tony Finau had a 64 and was two shots behind.

"Who knew that I could make it through all the Playoffs events? Just one of those days where I kept feeling like I was fighting from behind and somehow wound up with even par".

Mark Russell, the PGA Tour's vice president of rules and competition, said: "Basically it [the rulebook] says if the player did not know that he did that and the only way you can tell that is by using this type of slow-motion technology, he's exempt from the rules". That was just too much for my body to handle and I was not physically prepared for it. While it was a somewhat poor end to the year - finishing second to last at one under par, 19 strokes behind victor Jon Rahm - 2018 was far from a failure for Woods.

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